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it's time to have it. we have got a seat for you at the table right next to the orange guy. that seat's always open. hello and welcome to our viewers here, in the united states, and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. thanks for your company. ahead here on cnn "newsroom." a royal remembrance. we are learning details of prince philip's funeral scaled back because of covid restrictions. a worrying surge of new-covid cases in michigan. the u.s. government sending reinforcements to administer vaccines. and -- >> you want democracy? >> we want democracy. we don't want a military coup. >> as deaths continue to climb
in myanmar, cnn, with an exclusive look inside the country for the first time since the coup. and witnesses' extraordinary acts of courage. from scotland, to the strait of gibraltar, gun salutes have honored prince philip on the second day of tributes to the duke of edinburgh. >> fire! >> and you can see, cardiff castle there. prince charles says his father would have been touched by the reaction to his death. >> my dear papa was -- was a very special person who, i
think, above all else, would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him. and from that point of view, we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. it will sustain us, in this particular loss, and at this particularly sad time. >> mourners have continued to leave flowers at windsor castle where the duke passed away, age 99. and we are learning more about the funeral which is going to take place on saturday, april 17. it will be a low-key ceremony, in line with the duke's own wishes and covid guideline, of course, which allow for up-to-30 people to attend. prince harry will be flying over from california. though, meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, is being advised by her doctor not to travel. isa soares is in windsor, for us. so, more flowers. gun salutes. on honoring of the man, including
from the royal family, itself. tell us about the scene there. >> good morning, to you, michael. so, it's very early morning, here. but what we have seen for the last two days is, mourners continue to come pay their respects. passing by windsor castle just behind me. taking a moment to reflect on the man, really, who -- who stood just a few steps behind the queen for more-than-73 years. many, leaving flowers. although, of course, they have been asked, by the -- the public is being asked not to do so because of covid restrictions. instead, to leave a donation to one of -- of the duke's more-than-500 charities. i expect, michael, we will see more people coming today. the focus, though, will be, of course, on the funeral. on april the 17th. we've got more details that you were outlining there, michael. we know it won't be a full-state funeral, as you and i were discussing yesterday. but a ceremonial -- really, a ceremonial event. it will be pared down,
significantly, because of covid-19 restrictions. but it will still meet and reflect the duke's life and his work. and reflect his wishes. i think that's really important. let me talk you through it so you -- so you really understand. there won't be any procession. the public won't be part of it because of covid-19 restrictions. and i think the royal family and prince charles echoed that, saddened they can't actually involve the public. but it will be televised. so on saturday, the 17th of april, at -- at 2:45, 9:45 eastern, a procession will take the coffin of the duke of edinburgh from the state entrance. through -- through the quadrangle and into chapel which is just behind me. his coffin will be carried, and this is a beautiful touch, by really a -- a -- a land rover that's been designed by the duke, himself. it's a beautiful touch.
behind that, will take him all the way to windsor castle. and through that route, michael, will be, we know, associations, as well as many charities. behind his coffin, we expect, walking behind will be prince charles and the royal -- and the rest of the royal family. the queen, of course, will not -- will not be walking behind. at 3:00 p.m., as his body lives at st. george's chapel, there will be a minute's silence. and we know that his body will be interred at st. george's chapel, michael. >> yeah. and in terms of the mood in the country, tell us about that. i mean, the -- the -- the -- the -- you know, we have heard more from the family, as well, over the last-24 hours. >> we have. we have seen members of the royal family come to visit the queen. we saw, if you remember, prince charles, we know, visited the queen on friday. we know, prince andrew, also, visited on saturday as prince --
and prince edward. that's his youngest son. came to visit the queen yesterday. and the countess did say the queen is doing very well. and i think, she has been kept incredibly busy, the queen, given the fact that she is the one that has to approve all the final details of the funeral, michael. but i think, the tone and the mood. of course, we are -- the country is in mourning but i think it's reflecting people -- now, starting to reflect the incredibly rich life that the duke of edinburgh had, and his years, many years, of service to the queen and the country. michael. >> indeed. isa soares, early in the morning, and good morning to you, in windsor, england. very early. >> thank you. and cold, apparently, too. an influential u.s. covid-19 model finds wearing masks is still critical as vaccinations continue to ramp up. it says, some-14,000 lives could be saved in the u.s., by august,
if 95% of the population wears masks. the cdc says, new cases, though, are increasing. and it's especially happening in younger people. and have a look at the spike there, in michigan, on that graph. the state just reported nearly-7,000 new cases, on saturday. the federal government, in fact, sending 160-extra vaccinators there. and some hospitals in the state are delaying nonemergency procedures. they are getting too full. many medical experts say pandemic fatigue, combined with the spread of coronavirus variants, are behind the surge in michigan. evan mcmorris-santoro with more. >> the second we let our guard down, it comes roaring back. >> reporter: as covid-19 cases soar to alarming levels in michigan. a warning. >> we are on track to potentially see a surge in cases that's even greater than the one we saw in the fall. >> reporter: the state s positivity rate is up to 18%. and hospitalizations are
climbing. governor gretchen whitmer is asking high schools to go remote, youth sports to pause. and encouraging citizens to skip indoor dining for the next two weeks. >> to be very clear, these are not orders, mandates, or requirements. a year in, we all know what works. and this has to be a team effort. we have to do this together. >> reporter: vaccinations in the state continue. but not fast enough. the governor is pleading for more vaccines from the federal government. as a disruption of the supply of johnson & johnson vaccines continues to take a toll across the u.s. >> we really should be surging vaccines to states that are experiencing serious outbreaks. >> reporter: the coordinator of the white house coronavirus response says the federal government will offer states, with outbreaks, additional testing and personnel. but as of now, will not increase the number of vaccines. >> the virus is unpredictable. we don't know where the next increase in cases could occur. we are not even halfway through our vaccination program.
so now, is not the time to change course. on vaccine allocation. >> reporter: this, cdc is aware of four states that have reported some adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. several states even halting distribution of that vaccine. the cdc is not recommending health departments stop administering johnson & johnson shots, at this time. and at least one county in north carolina plans on resuming doses, as soon as monday. >> right now, the benefits certainly outweigh the risk but more information, hopefully, will come out to the general public. >> reporter: and what could be promising news. drugmaker, pfizer, asking the fda for emergency-use authorization of its covid-19 vaccine to expand to children, ages 12 to 15, in the u.s. currently, it's approved for people 16 and up, only. >> i am very optimistic about this. we need them to get the benefit of the vaccine. but also, it will help us reach herd immunity a lot faster. >> reporter: and vaccine requirements are becoming part of the new normal. analysis by cnn finds 16
colleges and universities, and counting, the latest, duke university, will require students to show proof of full vaccination before returning to on-campus classes this fall. evan mcmorris-santoro. cnn, new york. dr. abdul el sayed is former detroit health commissioner. doctor, good to see you. the u.s. sees bigger numbers, in recent days, as this uk variant becomes dominant. particularly, where you are, actually, in michigan. what are your concerns, even as vaccinations continue? >> that's right, michael. we have this unfortunate circumstance where we have a set of dynamics that are leading to spread, particularly as you mentioned here, in my home state of michigan. the first is we have got b.1.1.7 enriching in some pretty profound ways. we are seeing growth about 7.5%, every week or so. and that really is concerning because it's more transmissible. and it's, also, more virulent,
more deadly. the second is that while we have vaccines on the way, they're still not, yet, here. 25% of americans are fully vaccinated. but that leaves another percent that need to get vaccinated to get that bottom level of herd immunity that we need to really clamp down on this pandemic. and then, the third is that there has been a lot of, we will just say, aggressive reopening in the face of the oncoming vaccines. and i think, in some respects, the optimism about what the vaccine can do has far outstripped how much vaccine we have actually gotten into arms. so you take those things together, and you are starting to see the uptake we are seeing across the country. ands it's concerning because w are on the doorstep of the finish line and just need to get across. so folks need to do the things we have been doing, masking up, washing up, and hopefully, now vaxing up. >> yeah. i wanted to pick your brain, too, because when you talk about
vaccination numbers globally. the statistics are really worrying. only 2% of the global population has been able to get fully vaccinated. 2%. the wealthiest countries are vaccinated 25-times faster than poorer countries. dozen nations haven't had a single dose. and there was a duke study that suggested poorer countries might no have a vaccine until 2024. what happens in one country impacts others, so how important is the global-vaccination effort? >> you are absolutely right, michael. this is a global pandemic, and we have to take the global part of it extremely seriously. and folks in this country are really worried about it because, a, we know that we have a global responsibility. to making sure that the vaccines that are manufactured here, that they get out everywhere. because, of course, it is critical for us to do our part to make sure that we are bringing down this global pandemic. the second part of it, though, is it really is concerning because every-single warm body that remains unvaccinated presents an opportunity for this virus to pick up more mutations.
potentially a mutation that would render our vaccines useless. and so, it -- it -- it really is a matter of not just a right thing to do for folks living in other countries. but the right thing to do for folks living here, in the united states. and so, it is a real responsibility. and we need to do what we can to make sure that we are getting vaccines out to everyone in this world to finally end a real-global pandemic. so i really appreciate you bringing that up, michael. >> yeah. no. it's a great point. don't vaccinate poorer countries, and then you are going to end up surfing in wealthier countries, anyway. and i guess you touched on this but whether you are vaccinated or not. models are showing that wearing a mask could still save thousands of lives, in the months ahead. what do you say to those, even if vaccinated, who might relax on that front? >> that's right. look. we know that the dynamics of pandemics. they can move really quickly on us. and these vaccines are safe and
very effective. and -- but the problem is, is that for these vaccines to have their full effect, we need blanket vaccinations. and the way i think about vaccines is kind of like a blanket. if you put a blanket on a fire, right, you can bring that fire down. and so, these vaccines are like a blanket for this pandemic. the problem, though, is if you slowly feed a bank into a fire. what happens is that, that fire will eat up that blanket. and so, part of the effect here is that we need to get a lot of people vaccinated, at the same time, to achieve this idea of herd immunity, to bring this pandemic down. and until then, it's critical that, even vaccinated people do their part to prevent the spread of -- of -- of these diseases. and that means wearing a mask. i know, that a lot people find it uncomfortable. but let's be honest, right? it's a lot less uncomfortable than living in a world where there is a global pandemic, ongoing, because we haven't done our part to stop that from happening. >> find it weird to not wear a mask and i don't think i will ever touch a doorknob again in my life.
but yeah, not much to ask. dr. abdul el sayed, thank you so much, as always. >> michael, thank you. now, security forces in myanmar are taking more lives, this weekend. meanwhile, several extremely brave civilians putting themselves in harm's way to tell the world how badly they want democracy. we'll hear from them, after the break. with the new freestyle libre 2 system, a continuous glucose monitor, you can check your glucose with a painless, one-second scan. and now with optional alarms, you can choose to be notified if you go too high or too low. and for those who qualify, the freestyle libre 2 system is now covered by medicare. ask your doctor for a prescription. you can do it without fingersticks. learn more at freestyle libre 2 dot u.s. ♪ ♪ tex-mex. tex-mex. ♪ termites.
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now, on saturday, the cdc reported a new record. about 4.6 million coronavirus doses administered in the u.s., in one day. not bad. it, also, says more than three-quarters of the doses delivered, so far, have been administered, and almost 71 million people have now been fully vaccinated. that's more than 21% of the total population in the u.s. but there is, still, a long way to go to get to the h herd-immunity levels using vaccines. it seemser political-party lines often play a role in who is getting shot and who is not. but that is not the only reason. as you can imagine, the hesitancy has health officials worried. and this -- this is the case, in
maine. cnn's jason carroll brings us that story. >> i have always stayed healthy. so i mean, i don't get sick. i eat right. try to take -- you know, take care of myself. >> reporter: health officials in maine are desperately trying to reach people like jeff edgecomb. a 60-year-old truck driver who has been eligible to get the covid vaccine for more than a month but has no intention of getting one. >> do you have any concerns about covid being out there and not being vaccinated? >> no, not really. >> edgecomb is a supporter of former-president donald trump. he is not alone in rejecting a covid vaccination. a recent poll from the kaiser family foundation shows fewer-than-half of republicans say they have gotten a vaccine or intend to do so, as soon as possible. compared with about eight-in-ten democrats, and almost six-in-ten independents. that vaccine hesitancy is happening, despite many gop leaders, including former-president trump, encouraging people to get vaccinated.
>> so everybody, go get your shot. >> i'm not going to do it. >> still? >> no, i am the way i am. that's how it is. >> joe gillespie, a part-time medical worker, also says her mind is made up. she will not roll up her sleeve for a shot. >> i think it's -- and it's political. i am kind of like up and down with the government, as it is. and i think there's certain things that they put out. i don't think they even know. >> even though the vaccine has shown to be safe and effective, gillespie thinks it was rushed and is concerned about possible, long-term side effects. >> i just have to watch, i guess, and pray that i don't get it. >> reporter: health officials in maine are encouraged by a census survey in early march showing four-out-of-five unvaccinated adults in the state say they do plan to get the vaccine. one of the highest rates nationwide. but at the same time, acknowledge vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize their progress. the state cdc director cautions it's not just politics keeping
shots out of arms. it's not a monolith. there is a diversity of views. some folks have questions, because they are skeptical of the government. other folks have questions because they are skeptical of pharmaceutical companies. other folks have questions because they are skeptical of vaccines, in general. and i think, the trick that we, as a public-health community, have to do is meet those folks where they are. >> one of the highest percentages of covid cases in the state. on this day, volunteers from a local-health advocacy group are going door to door urging lewiston residents to sign up for the vaccination. they are targeting members of the immigrant community, but they will engage with anyone. >> did you get vaccinated? >> no. >> you don't want to? >> no. >> what if i tell you that it's medical proven? it's approved by the doctors. i got my shots, he got his shots. all my team got their shots. i think it's safe. >> i don't believe in it. >> health volunteers say conversations like this are not
unusual. >> why, the hesitancy, you think? >> basically, it's something to do with conspiracy theory that's going around. >> reporter: the state is planning more outreach by mobilizing doctors to address the concerns of those across the anti-covid vaccine spectrum. >> they may not listen to me. they may not listen to someone in d.c. they may not listen to the pharmaceutical company but they will listen to their doctor. >> still, for some, there may be little convincing. is there anyone who could influence you to get the vaccine? >> no. >> jason carroll, cnn portland, maine. >> paris police broke up a clandestine party at a restaurant that was being attended by more than 100 people. now, this happened in the eastern part of the city on friday night. that's even though there is a 7:00 p.m. curfew and other restrictions, in place, to try to get covid-19 under control. police say they have reacted the party organizer, as well as the manager of the restaurant. now, we've been talking a
lot about the state of the pandemic in brazil. the country reporting the most covid-19 cases, after the u.s. but much of south america is struggling, right now, to keep the virus under control, as cnn's paula newton reports. >> reporter: more than 100 days since coronavirus vaccinations began in south america. a deadly-covid resurgence is striking the region. as a state, we have failed, said the peruvian president, friday. apologizing to all who have lost loved ones in the pandemic. peru was among the countries suffering a second wave of infections, as hospitals struggle to keep up. the past week saw more dying, each day, than any, other time this year. brazil, paraguay, and uruguay, also seeing fatalities rise to record levels. in brazil, more than 4,000 losing their life, in 24 hours, as the country's outbreak
spirals out of control. during his weekly-streaming address, president jair bolsonaro said the situation was very complicated. despite surging deaths, the right-wing leader continues railing against local governments, to try to impose lockdowns or covid restrictions. he's, also, deflected criticism for a sputtering-vaccine rollout. while, little over 10% of the population has received their first dose. it was in brazil, where a coronavirus variant was first discovered, which experts now, partially, blame for the region's covid resurgence. several countries have restricted flights, and closed their borders with brazil, as they renew efforts to fight rising cases at home. like neighboring, colombia, it's curbed movement to and from brazil and extended its coronavirus measures across the nation. in argentina, a night-time curfew began this weekend, until april 30th. it was announced by the president, from his official residence, where he's
self-isolating while he, himself, is infected. other countries, like chile, are also reimposing measures, as previous hopes of an easing pandemic dissolve. still, despite a grim outlook, right across the region, those who look can find small victories. hospital staff in northern colombia cheered this 104-year-old woman, who recovered from coronavirus, for the second time. she was discharged after a 21-day stay. one of the lucky to survive. her miraculous story, a rare moment of hope, as south america continues a grueling battle with covid-19. paula newton, cnn. and when we come back on cnn "newsroom." $2 trillion and counting. president biden prepares to push ahead with his massive-infrastructure plan. and that's not the only thing on his agenda. we'll have the latest from washington, when we come back.
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and welcome back to our viewers here, in the united states, and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. you are watching cnn "newsroom." now, myanmar's military is slaughtering its own citizens at a brutal and breathtaking rate. a monitoring group says more than 80 people were killed, on friday alone. now, this latest bloodshed happened in the city. you can see how tense the fighting was there. now, the monitoring group says security forces used saassault rifles, hand grenades, and even rocket-propelled grenades, on people's houses.
that brings the civilian-death toll since the coup past 700. paula hancocks following all of this for us, from neighboring thailand. paula, that death toll clkeeps climbing. and yet, still the protestors, continue to come out. >> that's right, michael. i mean, this particular occasion on friday in this -- this city, about 60 kilometers away from yangon, the most populous city. and what we are hearing from local media and from aapp, that's that burmese ngo, that as you say, more than 80 people were killed, in just that one day. now, we are hearing that there was attacks on protestors, and on houses, from early in the morning, until late at night. aapp says that the -- the military was trying to turn it into a battlefield. and clearly, when you use something like the heavy machinery, like rocket-propelled grenades. that is what you would use on a battlefield. but the ngo's saying that it was
more like a killing field. now, we hear from -- from a news agency quoting eyewitnesses that the military was seen putting a number of bodies onto the back of trucks. and then, driving them away. this is something that we have consistently heard, in different areas of the country. that the military has been taking bodies, away. now, this, of course, makes it increasingly difficult for -- for places, like aapp, to -- to tally, exactly, what that death toll is. they say, at this point, they believe it's 701. but every time, they report numbers, they say that the actual-death toll is, likely, far higher. that is just the number that they can confirm. now, this, also, came the same day, as the military sentenced 19 protestors to death. saying that -- that they had been involved in the killing of an -- of an associate of an army captain. now, we don't know the exact details of what, exactly, happened. but it does show you the sense of -- of impunity when -- when
security forces and military open fire on protestors, there are no repercussions. but in this case, we do hear, from the military state-run television that 19 people will be sentenced to death. and also, we hear from the junta spokesperson, who says that things are getting back to normal. slightly, divorced from reality there, michael. >> paula newton there in thailand for us. paula hancocks, rather, apologize. cnn's chief international correspondent, clarissa ward has just returned from myanmar where she and her team were the first-western tv journalists allowed into the country coup. they were under military escort, the whole time. every movement, carefully controlled. yet, they still ahad a chance t see what's really happening on the ground. >> reporter: by day, the junta continues its brutal crackdown. killing pro-democracy protestors, who refuse to submit to military rule.
at night, the raids begin. as soldiers round up activists and drag away the dead. their bodies, evidence of the military's shoot-to-kill tactics. two months after overthrowing myanmar's democratically-elected government, in a coup, the junta has been unapologetic in its ruthlessness. and silent, in the face of international outrage. fearless, local journalists and activists have risked everything to show the world what is happening. while outside access to the country has been blocked. but now, the military has granted cnn the first access to visit myanmar. from the moment we arrive, our movements are tightly controlled. gives you a sense of the intense level of security with us. one, two, three. another three, over there. six trucks full of soldiers, accompanying our every move. at township offices across
yangon, alleged victims of the protest movement, dutifully, await us. they tell us they have been beaten and threatened and humiliated by the violators. a pejorative term the military uses for the pro-democracy protestors. a north township, the local administrator complains that the demonstrators were noisy and broke the law by gathering in groups of more than five. are you seriously comparing these infractions to more-than-500 people being killed? among them, children. are you saying that these are equal? perturbed by the question and it goes unanswered. they take us to a shopping center. one of two attacked by arsonists overnight. like many businesses in myanmar, they are partially owned by the military. the strong implication from our minders is that, the protestors are to blame. it's a similar story at several
burned-out factories. this is the third factory that the military wanted to show us. they say it's clear proof that the protestors are violent. that they have been setting fire to businesses, like this. but the protestors say, they had nothing to do with it, at all. and the factory owners, who we have spoken to, say they simply don't know who is responsible. sandra's chinese-owned garment factory was completely destroyed. she asked we not show her face. do you have any sense of what you will do now? >> waiting for the government give me some -- some helping. yeah. >> reporter: who is the government right now, in myanmar? [ laughter ] sorry, is that a hard question? >> yeah. i don't know. >> reporter: every moment of our visit is carefully choreographed. when protestors begin posting about our movements on social
media. the military cuts off wi-fi across the country. still, from the window of our convoy, we catch glimpses of reality. >> some people from the balcony just flashed three fingers at me. that's the hunger games salute, which has become emblematic of this uprising. i am speaking very quietly because i don't want our minders to know what they just did because, honestly, it could be a very dangerous situation for them. >> reporter: we pass a small protest rejecting myanmar's return to more-than-half-a-century of repressive, military rule. their banners call for a spring revolution. our minders won't let us stop. finally, after days of pushing, we are allowed to visit a public space. an open market. we avoid approaching anyone, mindful of the fact that we are surrounded by security forces. but, within minutes, one brave
man flashes the three-finger salute. >> i saw that you made a sign. >> yes. >> tell me what you mean by making that sign. now, we don't -- just stand back. okay? >> justice. justice. justice. >> you want justice? >> yes. >> moments later, another man approaches. >> not scared? >> not scared. but every day, fighting. every day. just like that. just like that. >> reporter: as word of our presence spreads, we hear an unmistakable sound. banging pots and pans is a tradition to get rid of evil spirits. but it has become the signature sound of resistance. this young teacher says she ran to talk to us when she heard the noise. >> do you want democracy? >> we want democracy. we don't want military coup.
>> you know we're surrounded by military. like, this guy. >> i don't -- i'm not afraid, at all. if we, people, around here. >> like many young people, she sees her future being ripped away. >> don't want to go back to the dark age. we lost our voice. and we had -- we had democracy, only for ten years. we don't have weapons, we don't have, just only, we have voice. >> reporter: but even words can be punished here. not wanting the situation to escalate, we decide to leave the market. as people honk their horns, in support of the protest movement. the junta has grossly underestimated the determination of its people, and the growing hatred for the military. in the capital, naypyidaw, we
finally have the opportunity to confront myanmar's senior-military leadership. >> translator: i will tell you, the reason why we have to crack down. the protests were peaceful, from february 1st to the 8th. the reason for the crackdown was because they blocked civil servants. the security forces are giving warnings. firstly, shouting to break the crowds. and then, shooting in the air. and the crowds are throwing stones, and using slingshots. >> are you seriously comparing stones and slingshots to assault rifles? the military is using weapons against its own people that, really, only belong on the battlefield. >> translator: the main thing is they are not only using stones and slingshots. we have evidence they used gasoline and molotov cocktails. you have to add those, too. for the security forces, they use crack-down weapons for riot. there will be deaths when they are cracking down on riots but
we are not shooting bwithout discipline with the rifles we use for the front lines. >> so this is cctv footage of a 17-year-old going past a police convoy. you can see the police shoot him on the spot. his autopsy, later, said that he suffered brain injury as a result of a cycling accident. which i think, we can all see, that's not a cycling accident. how do you explain this? >> translator: if that kind of thing has occurred, we will have investigations for it. we will investigate it, if it's true or not. there may be some videos which look suspicious. but for our forces, we don't have any intention to shoot at innocent people. >> reporter: so, the 14-year-old who was killed by your forces. what do you say to his mother? you say that he was a violent protestor? or what would you say to the
father of the 13-year-old, also, shot dead by your forces? >> translator: we have heard about the deaths of the children, too. there is no reason we will shoot children. this is only the terrorists that are trying to make us look bad. >> reporter: but the lies are paper thin. according to the u.n., as of march 31st, at-least-44 children had been killed. back in yangon, our minders take us to another market in a military area. keen to show, they have popular support. but the ploy backfires. i understand. man just told me we want democracy. as he walked past but he was too scared to stop and talk. >> reporter: others are more bold. these people are not activists.
they are ordinary citizens, and they live in fear of the military. you have goose bumps. you had, like, shivering. >> they are not -- they are not human. >> yeah. they're not human? >> yeah. >> reporter: they are desperate for the outside world to know their pain. one girl approaches us, shaking. >> i feel like you're very nervous. are you okay? >> yeah. yeah. >> i don't want you to get in trouble. i don't want you to get arrested. okay? >> thank you. >> reporter: she knows her bravery will certainly be punished. but this is a resistance movement built on small acts of great courage. clarissa ward, cnn, myanmar. now, that woman was arrested as she was running away from the
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climate, john kerry, were also seen arriving here, at the white house, on saturday afternoon. now, this meeting comes, as the president is preparing to host a virtual-climate summit, with world leaders, later this month. he has invited about-40 world leaders to attend, virtually, this summit. including, china and russia. though, the final-attendee list has yet to be finalized and released. now, on top of the president's meetings here, at the white house, on saturday. his immediate focus is infrastructure, as he's preparing to host a bipartisan group of lawmakers here, at the white house, on monday. to talk about that massive, $2.25 trillion infrastructure-and-jobs proposal. the white house has said he will have more meetings, in the coming weeks, as he is starting to launch those negotiations to try to get this package passed. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. well, it seems, former-u.s. president donald trump still holds sway with the republican
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which have also reached neighboring islands including barbados. strong sulfur smells are drifting all the way to the capital on the other end of the island. authorities say the volcano could continue erupting for weeks. 7,000 people were ordered to evacuate before the first eruption. a rare tropical cyclone is threatening western australia. cnn meteorologist derek van damme is tracking that for us. what are you doing to my home state? >> yeah, you know, it's been over five years since this part of western australia has experienced a tropical cyclone of this nature. that was back in 2015. so, it's been awhile since people just north of perth have experienced strong tropical storm force winds as well as destructive waves and storm surge. this is a storm, it's not the most powerful, but it is one that needs to be taken very seriously. and believe it or not, this is the same storm that brought the rain and destruction and flooding to indonesia. there was actually two tropical
systems that merged into one. now forming what is known as suroja. it's set to make landfall along the west coast of australia. 120 kilometer per hour sustained winds. that's a low end category 1 hurricane. that's a powerful storm. the threats here are the strong, destructive winds and the coastal storm surge that is going to push into the coastal areas of this area, so, look out for coastal erosion. this is a sparsely populated part of western australia, but there will be impacts on some of the structures and people that live in this region. rain will be kept to a minimum, because this is a very fast-moving storm. it is moving to the southeast sat over 35 kilometers per hour and it's only going to gain speed as it does so. it will interact with land and dissipate as it moves to the south and east of perth, but look at the storm system. you can already see it on our radar, starting to lash the
coast and you can see geraldine around the west coastline of western australia. look how fast this system moves. it will exit the western state by, get this, monday morning, it will be long gone, but not before leaving this trail of potential devastation, with showers, thunderstorms, strong winds and coastal erosion. rainfall totals here, michael, according to our computer models, about 100 millimeters. >> good to see you, derek. and i'm michael holmes. thank you for your company. con "connecting africa" is coming up for our international viewers. for everyone else, i'll be back with more "cnn newsroom" in just a moment.
how hard has the last year been? >> harder. >> why? >> people are dying. >> heartbreak in the emergency rooms of michigan, as the state faces yet another covid surge. tense fighting in myanmar as the military's assault on its own people continues. more than 700 have been killed since the coup began. we'll have a live update for you. also -- >> fire! >> fire! >> international tributes for the duke of edinburgh and at home, as well. we'll show you the images from across the globe